Immobility, basic positions and alignment

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As a healthcare provider, you need to know what position promotes comfort and recovery. It's also important to note that several special positions are needed for people with specific conditions, undergoing certain procedures, or doing certain activities.

Some basic positions include the supine position in which a person lies on their back on a flatbed with a pillow under their head; the fowler's position, which is the same as the supine position, except the head of the bed is elevated; the lateral position in which people lie on their side; the prone position in which people lie on their stomach and their head is facing left or right; and finally, the sitting position in which people are seated.


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